12/28/14 Star Of Wonder

On the night that Jesus is born, wise men in the East see the special bright star God put in the sky to announce His coming.  They recognize it as a sign that the Baby King has been born and set off immediately on what could be a 2-year journey.  The star guides them all the way to Jerusalem, where they expect to find Him.  After all, Jerusalem is the capitol city of Israel, and that’s where kings are expected to reside.  When they arrive, they seek an audience with King Herod to ask him if they can see the Baby King.  “Your Majesty, we have come to seek the Baby who has been born King of the Jews.  We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”  King Herod says to them, “I am the only King of the Jews.  I know nothing of this baby that you speak of.  Wait here while I speak with the priests of the Temple.”  He confers with the chief priests, and they tell him of the prophecies written by Isaiah that speak of the coming of the Messiah:  “But you, Bethlehem of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah.  For out of you shall come One who will be a ruler and shepherd my people Israel.”  They tell him, “Your Majesty, the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem.”  King Herod returns to the wise men and informs them, “My advisors have told me that the Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem.  But we have had no word of this happening.  I want you to go and find him, and when you have done so to come and tell me where he is, so that I may go and worship him as well.”

Matthew 2:1-8

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